Best GoPro Alternatives For A Lower Budget

Best GoPro Alternatives For A Lower Budget

GoPro is considered the best action camera in the market and is capable of recording and capturing your sports ventures in up to 4k resolution. But the price tag that comes with the GoPro cameras is something not everybody can afford. Also, since these cameras are mostly used to record action and adventure, there are chances of the camera getting lost, drowning or even damaged during a stunt, so it isn’t the most affordable option to purchase a GoPro.

As of now, GoPro has come out with a number of different action cameras, with the latest being GoPro Hero 5 Black and GoPro Hero 5 Session. Apart from the rectangular shape that the GoPro action cameras are normally seen with, the Session range of cameras comes with a square design and provides a good variety of users.

But even with the progression of features that comes with each new model by the leading camera manufacturing company, it isn’t possible to upgrade the model every time, nor is it a good idea to settle for something that is not up to the mark.

How to find a good GoPro alternative camera?

Even if you are a die-hard GoPro fan, you have to agree that the high cost of the company’s products can definitely put a damper on things and burn a hole in your pocket unnecessarily, when there are some strong competitors in the market. Many of these competitors are Chinese manufacturers that copy the best of features but at a much lower cost. But apart from Chinese alternatives for GoPro, there are various other companies like Garmin, Sony, Olympus, etc. that produce some great cameras to choose from too.

These action cameras come in different shapes and sizes, and you can find a wide range of cameras to suit your needs. Look for these top specifications when making a choice:

  • Depending on what you are recording, pick the recording and picture resolution as well as camera features.
  • Take the size of the camera into consideration so that depending on the sport you choose it for, it fits perfectly and conveniently.
  • Check whether the action camera is waterproof or not (the latest GoPro is waterproof without a case), and how tough it is in rugged conditions.
  • Accessories - Make sure there are plenty of accessories available for the model you select. Some cameras will fit the GoPro accessories which would be the best options as the market is full of them.
  • Understand whether you require an LCD at the back of the camera to view your recordings or not. Cameras without it will obviously be cheaper.
  • Inquire about the camera's after sales service, and how easy or tough it is to replace the parts or repair in case of any damage.

Buy a GoPro alternative camera and record your next adventure without having to spend a fortune, and also ensure that you receive all the necessary features but at the fraction of the cost that a GoPro would cost you! 

Whether you want a different brand or just a cheaper option, we have created this page that has a bunch of cameras for you to choose from. 

Cheap GoPro alternatives list - (Updated Sep 2017)

This page will keep getting updated as new models hit the market so make sure to check back from time to time!

Specs

Max Video Resolution: 

4K 30 fps
1080P 120/60/30 fps
720P 240/120/60/30 fps

Body Size: 

43 (W) x 82.2 (L) x 31.4 (D) mm

Megapixels: 

12.00

Accessories In Box: 

1 x Remote Control 1 x Remote Control Strap 1 x Universal Clip 1 x Flat Adhesive Mount 1 x Curved Adhesive Mount 1 x USB-Mic Converter 1 x MiniUSB Cable

Camera Features

Camera Type: 

Action Camera
Comes With Remote
Wireless Connectivity

The Drift Ghost 4K Action Camera is the newest from Drift Innovation, after the success of its predecessor Drift Ghost-S . It is the first action camera from the company to have a modular design and the ability to record videos in 4K. It has been created specially for bicyclists and motorcyclists who need a camera that is great for helmet mounting.

CEO of Drift Innovation, Sab Jhooti, said, "We wanted to go a step further with our Ghost design to add not only a creative spin but a major advancement to ensure that our Ghost fans are experiencing something truly special.”

“We...Read full review

Specs

Max Video Resolution: 

4K 60/30 fps
2K 60/30 fps
1080P 120/60/30 fps
720P 240/120/60/30 fps
480P 240/120/60/30 fps

Body Size: 

65mm x 30mm x 42mm

Megapixels: 

12.00

Camera Features

Camera Type: 

Action Camera

LCD Display Size: 

2.19”
Wireless Connectivity
LCD Disply

The Yi 4K+ Action Camera is Xiaomi backed Yi Technology's third action camera, which was debuted at CES 2017 . It gives direct competition to the recently launched GoPro Hero 5 Black Action Camera , because the Yi 4K+ is the first action camera that has the ability to record videos in 4K at 60fps.

Other leading action cameras like GoPro Hero 5 Black and Sony FDR-X3000R that are capable of recording in 4K can only reach 30 fps. This is also an upgrade on the last Yi 4K action camera that could only record in 4K at 30fps.

The Yi 4K+ Action Camera features a small and compact...Read full review

Specs

Max Video Resolution: 

4K 30 fps
1080P 120/60/30 fps
720P 240/120/60/30 fps

Battery Life: 

up to 125 minutes (Wi-Fi on), up to 135 minutes (Wi-Fi off)

Waterproof (Meters) : 

60

Megapixels: 

12.00

Accessories In Box: 

Attachment BuckleMicro USB cableRechargeable battery pack (NP-BX1)Startup guideUnderwater Housing (MPK-UWH1)

Camera Features

Camera Type: 

Action Camera
Wireless Connectivity

The Sony FDR-X3000R 4K Action Camera is the newest from Sony and comes with 4K recording a well as a plethora of much needed action camera features that are great to give tough competition to the latest GoPro action cameras.

Camera and recording features

The Sony FDR-X3000R 4K Action Camera lets you take POV action movies in high-resolution 4K with Balanced Optical SteadyShot for ultimate image stabilization. It helps in reducing the effects of camera shake internally, by joining the camera’s lens and sensor and moving together to control the whole optical path as one, providing...Read full review

Specs

Max Video Resolution: 

4K 30 fps
1080P 120/60/30 fps
720P 240/120/60/30 fps

Body Size: 

2.3” x 1.8” x 1.2” (57.5 x 45.9 x 31.3 mm)

Battery Life: 

2.15 hours at 1080p/30fps; 1.15 hour at 4K/30fps

Waterproof (Meters) : 

40m with waterproof case

Megapixels: 

12.00

Accessories In Box: 

Waterproof caseLithium-ion batteryCharging/data cableFlat and curved adhesive mountsStandard and vertical mount adaptersShort and long screwsShort and long extension armsWrenchAnti-fog kitGarmin VIRB stickerDocumentation

Camera Features

Camera Type: 

Action Camera

LCD Display Size: 

1.75”
Wireless Connectivity
LCD Disply

The Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Action Camera is a compact, lightweight and waterproof camera that is easy to use and records spectacular footage in ultra HD. It can record videos in 4K/30fps, as well as 2.7K/60fps, 1080p/120fps, 720p/240fps and 480p/300fps with crisp, brilliant detail.

The action camera comes with 3-axis image stabilization (up to 1080p/60fps) so no matter what kind of sport or adventure you want to record, the footage will come out smooth and not shaky. It also has a high sensitivity microphone that works great even when in the waterproof case.

Users can take...Read full review

Specs

Max Video Resolution: 

4K 30 fps
1080P 60/30 fps
720P 240/120/60/30 fps

Body Size: 

2.2 x 1.4 x 3.7 inches

Waterproof (Meters) : 

30m

Megapixels: 

8.00

Accessories In Box: 

Strap, LI-92 battery, F-5AC Adapter, CB-USB10 Micro USB cable, Mount Coupling Ring (MC-T01), Joint Screw (JS-T01), Standard Lens Protector (LP-T01), Underwater Lens Protector (UP-T01), Steady Grip (SG-T01), Manual, Warranty and Quick Start Guide.

Camera Features

Camera Type: 

Action Camera

LCD Display Size: 

1.5 in
Wireless Connectivity
LCD Disply

The Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker Action Camera is another entrant in the 4k action camera race and features a very rugged design that can take on any conditions, as well as 7 sensors, apart from its 4k capabilities.

It features a vertical design, instead of the usual horizontal or square ones, which makes it easy to grip in one hand and record. The handycam-like design also features a 1.5-inch 115k-dot LCD monitor with an aspect ratio of 4:3, which flips open to the side and can be tilted to get the perfect angles.

Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker Action Camera

The action...Read full review

Specs

Max Video Resolution: 

4K 30 fps
1080P 120/60/30 fps

Body Size: 

L: 60mm, W: 41mm, H: 24.7mm

Waterproof (Meters) : 

30

Megapixels: 

12.00

Accessories In Box: 

1 x Original SJCAM SJ7 Star  Action Cam; 1 x Waterproof Housing; 1 x Quick Release Buckle1 x Handlebar Seat post Mount1 x Curved Adhesive Mount; 1 x Flat Adhesive Mount; 1 x 3-Way Pivot Arm Mount2 x 3M Adhesive Tape; 1 x Frame Mount; 1 x Quick Release Clip for The Frame1 x Vertical Quick Release J-Hook Buckle; 1 x Universal 1/4″ Camera Tripod Mount1 x Tripod Mount Adapter; 1 x Cleaning Cloth; 1 x USB Cable1 x 900mAh Li-ion Battery; 1 x Multi-language Manual 2 x SJCAM Stickers   

Camera Features

Camera Type: 

Action Camera

LCD Display Size: 

2 in
Wireless Connectivity
LCD Disply

The SJCAM SJ7 Star Action Camera is SJCAM’s first real 4k camera that records in true 4k and not interpolated. It was released along with the SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Camera , which can record in 4k interpolated resolutions.

The 7G optical glass lens has a F/2.5 aperture, 166 degree wide-angle and f=3mm. This allows for taking clear and crisp images and footage, and combined with the gyro stabilization they are also smooth and not shaky. Videos have the following resolutions:

4K (2880 x 2160) – 30 fps (native) 2K (2560 x 1440) – 60 fps 1080p (1920 x 1080) – 120 / 60 / 30 fps...Read full review

Contour Roam 3

$367.99

Specs

Max Video Resolution: 

1080P 30 fps
720P 60/30 fps

Body Size: 

1.75 x 5.25 x 7 in

Weight (KG): 

0.36

Waterproof (Meters) : 

9.1

Megapixels: 

5.00

Camera Features

Camera Type: 

Action Camera
Comes With Remote
Wireless Connectivity
LCD Disply

With the Roam3 , Contour seems to be aiming for a camera that is an upgrade on Roam2, but is still easier to use and less expensive to buy than the +2.

Unlike the other 2 models, the Roam3 doesn’t have mobile connectivity, GPS video mapping, live streaming or an external microphone jack. But it does feature a 270 degree rotatable lens and a 170 degree field of view, a laser alignment system, a complete aluminum body and a locking instant-on record switch.

Contour Roam 3

The Roam3 can record videos at 1080p/30 fps or 720p/60fps and has an included 8GB memory card....Read full review

Specs

Max Video Resolution: 

4K 30 fps
1080P 60/30 fps
720P 120/60/30 fps
480P 240/120/60/30 fps

Body Size: 

L: 59mm, W: 41mm, H: 21mm

Waterproof (Meters) : 

30

Megapixels: 

16.00

Accessories In Box: 

1 x Waterproof Housing; 1 x Quick Release Buckle1 x Handlebar Seat post Mount1 x Curved Adhesive Mount; 1 x Flat Adhesive Mount; 1 x 3-Way Pivot Arm Mount2 x 3M Adhesive Tape; 1 x Frame Mount; 1 x Quick Release Clip for The Frame1 x Vertical Quick Release J-Hook Buckle; 1 x Universal 1/4″ Camera Tripod Mount1 x Tripod Mount Adapter; 1 x Cleaning Cloth; 1 x USB Cable1 x 900mAh Li-ion Battery; 1 x Multi-language Manual 2 x SJCAM Stickers

Camera Features

Camera Type: 

Action Camera

LCD Display Size: 

2 in
Wireless Connectivity
LCD Disply

The SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Camera has been released along side the SJCAM SJ7 Star Action Camera , and can record 4k interpolated footage. It uses the Panasonic MN34120PA 1/2.33 CMOS 16.37 MP Sensor, which is the same one used in the SJCAM SJ5000+ , and has a Novatek NT96660 chipset to power the features.

The 7G optical glass lens has a F/2.5 aperture, 166 degree wide-angle and f=3mm. This allows for taking clear and crisp images and footage, and combined with the gyro stabilization they are also smooth and not shaky. Videos can be recorded in the format .mp4 or .mov with h.264...Read full review

Specs

Max Video Resolution: 

1080P 30 fps
720P 60/30 fps

Body Size: 

7.3 x 6.1 x 3.7 inches

Weight (KG): 

0.13

Battery Life: 

2.5 hours

Waterproof (Meters) : 

10 m

Megapixels: 

16.00

Accessories In Box: 

HDMI/USB Cable,  Mount-Lock + Key,  Secure string,  Carrying pouch,  Bike Mount,  Manual

Camera Features

Camera Type: 

Action Camera
Wireless Connectivity

The Polaroid XS100i Wi-Fi Extreme is an exciting action camera that is great for capturing footage of adventure sports. It has the perfect combination of functions, quality and durability to provide easy recording as well as amazing features like G Sensor, Dual File Recording, Vibrates, Ultra Light, etc.

This action camera features a 1 /2.5” CMOS Image Sensor with a F2.8 Fixed Focus Ultra Sharp Glass Lens. It has a distortion free 170 Degree Ultra Wide Angle Lens as well as auto adjusting White Balance, ISO, Scene and Exposure Auto Control. With a Light Sensitivity of >1.4 V/lux...Read full review

Specs

Max Video Resolution: 

4K 30 fps
1080P 60/30 fps
720P 120/60/30 fps

Body Size: 

6cm x 4cm x 2.3cm

Waterproof (Meters) : 

60

Megapixels: 

12.00

Accessories In Box: 

Rugged CaseSilicone CaseLCD Smart Touch Screen1500mAh BatteryK-Series Tripod MountCMOS ProtectorCurved 3M MountFlat 3M MountRight Angle MountUSB Charging CableMuvi DecalPrinted Quick Start GuideManual on CD

Camera Features

Camera Type: 

Action Camera
Wireless Connectivity
LCD Disply

The Veho Muvi K-Series K2 Pro 4K Action Camera is a step up from the previous Veho Muvi K2 NPNG , and can now record videos in UHD 4K, as well as take pictures in 12MP. Apart from 4K, it can also capture videos in 2.7K, and full HD videos in 1080p at 60fps or 720p at 120fps for perfect slow-motion playback.

Being the newest camera from the Muvi K-Series range, it comes equipped with the super powerful XA-9 Hercules chipset that helps in enhancing the performance of the camera, as opposed to the previous XA-7 Achilles.

Veho Muvi K-Series K2 Pro 4K Action Camera

...Read full review

Specs

Max Video Resolution: 

1080P 60/30 fps

Body Size: 

2.5 x 0.7 x 1.4 inches

Battery Life: 

120 minutes

Camera Features

Camera Type: 

Action Camera

The Mobius 2 HD Action Camera comes after the massive success of the company’s first action camera, the Mobius . This new camera is capable of recording videos in 1080p HD quality at 60fps and comes with a smart software, allowing you to use the camera for a plethora of activities!

Apart from recording, users have the option of taking beautiful pictures with the camera in 1920 x 1080 and 1280 x 720, and time lapse is also supported.

Mobius 2 HD Action Camera

The small and compact size of the camera makes it convenient to carry around with you, and makes a great...Read full review

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